Over the last few weeks we have previewed just some of the content that will appear in Issue 1, although there is much more to discover beyond what we have shared here. This final preview takes a look at the closing section which includes pieces on three different eras of Nottingham Forest.
Club historian Don Wright takes a journey back to his childhood in 1940s Ilkeston. Although the town sits just across the county border in Derbyshire its links to Nottingham Forest run much deeper than Don’s own lifelong support for the Garibaldi Reds. That shared history is explored as memories are also evoked of a time now lost when the heavy industries of coal and steel dominated the Erewash Valley and huge crowds would travel to neighbouring towns to watch rivalries played out on the football pitch.
Danny Rhodes is an author whose most recent novel FAN tells the story of a Forest supporter coming to terms with the Hillsborough disaster, the death of his hero Brian Clough and the transition of his life from youth into adulthood. It is a powerful emotional journey that has Forest flowing right through its heart. For Bandy & Shinty he revisits his first trip to Filbert Street. Leicester City are currently the toast of the Premier League but in the mid-1980s travelling to their former ground as a rival fan was a very different experience that would spark a teenager’s passion.
Continuing the Leicester theme Andrew Brookes completes this section with a “We had him first” reflection on the Premier League Champions’ captain Wes Morgan. Born in Nottingham Wes was released by Notts County as a 15 year old but found his way to Forest via Dunkirk and went on to make over 400 appearances for the Reds between 2002 and 2012 before moving to Leicester City.
Issue 1 of Bandy & Shinty will be available to buy before and after the Burton Albion match on 6th August in the Trent Navigation pub on Meadow Lane.